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American Hairless Terrier

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American Hairless Terrier

The American Hairless Terrier is a well-muscled dog with a deep chest, strong shoulders, a solid neck and powerful legs. The bat-like ears are carried erect. The tail must be full length. Bobs or docked tails are a disqualification. The skin is pink with gray, black, golden or red spots. There are no hair tufts on the head, feet and the end of the tail as found on the Chinese Crested. Pups are born with a bit of fuzzy hair all over their bodies, which will shed by the age of six weeks. They do have normal eyebrows and whiskers.

Temperament The American Hairless Terrier (AHT) is an intelligent, alert, playful and loving dog. They are very inquisitive and lively and make an excellent companion for anyone. They are good with children if they are raised with them. This breed will sweat when they are hot or scared. These dogs are quick and make good watchdogs. They are known for their swimming abilities so care should be shown when they are near water. Even though they are typical terriers, they are not yappers nor are they good ratters because they lack a protective coat. This lively and fearless breed is easy to train and eager to please.
Height, Weight Height: 7-16" ; Weight: 5-16 lbs.
Health Problems Because this breed lacks a coat, major skin problems are common. They will get rashes on their skin and require protection from the sun and the cold. This breed does have sweat glands and will develop pimples, which will go away on their own. Grass allergies are also common.
Living Conditions This breed will do fine living in an apartment as long as it gets 20-30 minutes of exercise per day. They also love to dig and often get cuts and scratches. These should be attended to immediately with hydrogen peroxide or any other antiseptic agent.
Exercise This breed enjoys outdoor romps and lively games. They require long daily walks.
Life Expectancy About 14-16 years
Grooming The AHT has no coat and is great for allergy sufferers.
Origin In 1972, a completely hairless female was born in a litter of Rat Terriers. Owners Willie and Edwin Scott of Louisiana named their hairless pet Josephine. Josephine was unable to produce two hairless, different sex pups until she was nine years old. These hairless pups were the foundation of a breeding program to produce and stabilize the breed. They named their new breed the American Hairless Terrier and are still working on establishing this breed. This breed has recently been accepted for recording in the AKC Foundation Stock Service®.
Group Terrier